115 posts tagged "Opening Ceremony"
While browsing for some last minute holiday gifts, we stumbled across Opening Ceremony’s embroidered alphabet sweater and decided it could be just the thing for those hard-to-shop-for characters on our list. Sweet, personal, and just the right amount of kitsch, O.C.’s newly-released letter sweaters are available at www.openingceremony.us
Opening Ceremony is famous for its wide-ranging collaborations—so famous that we rounded up our favorite 25 for its tenth anniversary not long ago—but its latest co-conspirator is a doozy: the one and only Yoko Ono. As a wedding present for John Lennon in 1969, Ono sketched out a collection she called “Fashions for Men”: an imagined range of cutout tops, lion-tailed trousers, incense-spouting boots, and bits of inspired oddity she created, she says, to spotlight Lennon’s “very sexy bod.” (A particularly randy vision of Ono emerges from these sketches and her writings about them—note the hand over crotch in the suit she envisioned, above.) Now, some 43 years later, Humberto Leon and Carol Lim are putting them into production, along with Ono’s sketches in book form.
“I knew that my present to John was a conceptual one,” Ono told Style.com on the occasion of the big reveal. “Never thought it would be realized. But now it is, and it’s great!” The world may have changed since the late sixties, but, Ono says, “Men’s fashion has not changed that much. That’s why I wanted to say with my designs, ‘Hey, loosen up, guys!’ I think they will have a lot of fun wearing these clothes I visualized in 1969.” The collection arrives in Opening Ceremony’s New York and L.A. stores next week, followed by its London outpost on the 30th and Tokyo December 9. The full collection of 52 pieces (a lucky number, per Ono) ranges from $75 for a tank to $750 for the incense boot pictured below; posters with her drawings begin at $25.
Young London-based designer Sophie Hulme’s structured leather carryalls, with their unmistakable gold armored hardware, are the envy of every in-the-know fashion girl who doesn’t already have one. Presenting her second ready-to-wear collection under her namesake label (originally launched with the bags in 2007) in Paris last month, Hulme carried over the signature bags, playing on the theme with different textures and colors while continuing with her winning shape.
Her Spring 2013 collection was conceived around the simple beauty of the pineapple. “The skin of a pineapple has a mathematical symmetry to it, which translates perfectly into the Bauhaus-style patterns I wanted to create,” Hulme, a British Fashion Award 2012 nominee, tells Style.com. Fabrics based on this seamless geometry abound in Hulme’s collection of sweet skirts and clean trenches toughened with masculine metals. In a Where’s Waldo-style riddle, pineapples pop up everywhere from the gold cover of slick iPad cases to the playful charms that come with each piece in the collection. A closer look at a pencil skirt of brightly printed florals even reveals a background of hidden green pineapples beyond the red herring. Infinitely wearable with a cheery dose of Brit wit, Sophie Hulme’s ready-to-wear, with its growing list of heavyweight stockists (Barneys, Opening Ceremony, and Colette included), takes pride of place alongside her leather mainstays.
More and more, designers are using videos to showcase their collections. In response to that, Style.com launched its own Video Fashion Week a few seasons ago. Today, VFW returns, starting off with short films from Opening Ceremony, Wendy Nichol, and Creatures of Comfort. Click here to read the review, see the complete collection, and watch the videos. Check back daily for new videos.
New York’s fashion set is very ready to don caps, if a quick scan of the looks in the stands of New York fashion week is anything to go by, and now, one of New York’s hometown milliners is very ready to oblige. Yestadt Millinery is launching a new collection of classed-up caps, in fabrics like cashmere and ponyskin, exclusively at Opening Ceremony. “We have been working on tweaking the baseball cap idea for a few seasons now, adding a little here and taking a little there to update it and make it more sporty-chic instead of sports-literal,” explains designer Molly Yestadt. “Everyone knows how to wear a baseball cap, and there is definitely a strong attitude that comes along with it.” That attitude is on display in the short film, debuting exclusively here, lensed by Matt Kliegman.